It would make sense if you told us you have never heard of Jolla, a Finnish smartphone manufacturer with a lot of balls (yes, I said it). This is because they are one of the very few companies that are daring to create their own hardware and platform, from the ground up.
Their latest venture revolves around a tablet they have been crowd sourcing through Indiegogo. The device is powerful and innovative, but let’s dig into the hardware before we tell you what this project is all about.
Jolla Tablet specs
- 7.85-inch 2048×1536 IPS LCD display
- 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
- 5 MP rear-facing camera
- 2 MP front-facing camera
- 4450 mAh battery
- Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 203 x 137 x 8.3 mm
- 384 grams
The tablet is designed to be a looker, sporting a slim profile and very a very classic design. What I mean by classic is that it’s simple and clean. No bells and whistles here, which makes the tablet look rather sleek and elegant. In addition, the device feels very solid and offers a very portable (pocketable) 8-inch form factor.
The tablet looks gorgeous, but what’s most interesting is what it carries within. This device runs Sailfish OS, the company’s very own operating system. As you can see in the demo, the operating system places a sharp focus on multi-tasking. You can see everything going on from the home screen, or look at all the open apps with a swipe. It’s all about productivity.
The company is currently trying to get partners for the small OS, but you don’t really need to worry about supported apps in the meantime (though it would be better to hace Sailfish-optimized applications). The system can actually run Android apps.
The suggested retail price is set at $249 and the tablet launches later this year. What do you say? Are you willing to give Jolla devices a try? Let’s keep our eyes open. Very few other manufacturers are willing to step out of their comfort zone as much as Jolla.